The Council’s ambitious plans for the redevelopment of Croydon College, Fairfield Halls and Croydon Green looks like its being bulldozed. Public display of the plans takes place on Friday 6 (1am-7pm) and Saturday 7 (11am-5pm) at Fairfield Halls. Then they are considered by the Scrutiny & Oversight Committee at a special extra meeting on Monday 9 November (6.30pm) at the Town Hall.
There is no way the public comments will be processed into the Scrutiny meeting except through tabling them. The Councillors will need time to think about what is being said.
Given the risk involved in closing the Halls expressed by the CEO an interesting question is whether the Council is prepared to force closure given it is funding the works but is not in control of the Board of Trustees and no longer has any Councillors represented on the Board. It is to be hoped that the CEO will be given the opportunity to speak to the Committee and that if not they were defer assessment until they have had a chance to discuss the matter with him and the Trustees in detail. Similarly consideration of the public comments at the exhibition is also a ground for deferring views until a second meeting.
The Scrutiny Committee also has the opportunity to question Godfrey on this at its 3 November meeting (see today’s Arts blossoming blog posting.)
You can access the Committee agenda and papers at You can access the documents at https://secure.croydon.gov.uk/akscroydon/users/public/admin/kabmenu.pl?cmte=SOC